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Clermont in Fayette County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Abraham Lincoln Statue and Park

Soldiers & Sailors of the Civil War

 
 
Abraham Lincoln Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2016
1. Abraham Lincoln Marker
(mounted on front/west base of monument)
Inscription.  
Erected in 1902 in memory of the
Soldiers and Sailors of the Civil War
1861-1865

Abraham Lincoln
The statue of Abraham Lincoln along with the four bronze plaques, which are unique, were sculptured by George Edwin Bissell and commissioned by Governor Wm. Larrabee who gave the statue to the City of Clermont. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Lincoln Park
This park was purchased by the City of Clermont in 1902. It is an ideal setting for the statue of Abraham Lincoln. On June 19-20, 1903, the statue was dedicated in memory of the soldiers and sailors of the Civil War, to coincide with the reunion of the members of the 12th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected 1902 by City of Clermont and Governor Wm. Larrabee.
 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkParks & Recreational Areas
Lincoln Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2016
2. Lincoln Park Marker
(located on left/north side of monument)
Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list.
 
Location. 43° 0.195′ N, 91° 39.157′ W. Marker is in Clermont, Iowa, in Fayette County. Memorial can be reached from the intersection of Mill Street (U.S. 18) and Stone Street (County Road B60), on the right when traveling north. Statue, monument and markers are located in Lincoln Park, at the southeast corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clermont IA 52135, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fayette County Historical Center (approx. 8.3 miles away); William Wells (approx. 8.3 miles away).
 
Regarding Abraham Lincoln Statue and Park. National Register of Historic Places #00001197.
 
Also see . . .
1. Abraham Lincoln Statue and Park (Wikipedia). The statue was erected in 1902 and dedicated in 1903. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. It is also referred to as the Bissell Statue after the artist who created
Soldiers & Sailors of the Civil War Monument image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2016
3. Soldiers & Sailors of the Civil War Monument
it, George Edwin Bissell. (Submitted on December 8, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Lincoln Park. Ex-Governor and Mrs. Wm. Larrabee led a movement whereby the citizens of the whole township devised plans to raise funds for the erection of a Soldiers’ Monument in Clermont. Lots were secured across from the Rock Island Depot. Mr. and Mrs. Larrabee had seen a handsome bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln on their travels in Edinburgh, Scotland, and they secured the services of the same sculptor to duplicate this great piece of work for Clermont’s Lincoln Park. (Submitted on December 8, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Bissell Statue in Clermont, Iowa. The original work depicted President Lincoln with a freed slave, but this version shows him with one hand behind his back and the other holding the Emancipation Proclamation. Sculptor George Bissell, who fought with a Connecticut regiment during the war, also created four war scenes in relief for the pedestal. (Submitted on December 8, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Soldiers & Sailors of the Civil War Monument Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2016
4. Soldiers & Sailors of the Civil War Monument Inscription
(Abraham Lincoln marker mounted on base)
Abraham Lincoln Statue image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2016
5. Abraham Lincoln Statue
Also referred to as the Bissell Statue after the artist who created it, George Edwin Bissell. Statue is a duplicate of a statue of Lincoln that was erected in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Abraham Lincoln Statue / Soldiers & Sailors of the Civil War Monument image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2016
6. Abraham Lincoln Statue / Soldiers & Sailors of the Civil War Monument
On the pedestal of this monument there are four tablets which were designed and sculptured under the direction of Mr. and Mrs. Larrabee.

The west/front panel depicts the scene of Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. Grant and Lee are seated at a table in the foreground with their staff officers grouped behind them.

The south panel shows Farragut strapped to the rigging of his flag ship in the advance of the fleet on Mobile Bay, with Dewey standing on the deck below in command of a gun squad.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 8, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 8, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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